June 7th, 2007
03:05 PM ET
3 years ago

House votes to ease Bush stem-cell restrictions

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to roll back President Bush's 2001 restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research, but by a margin short of the two-thirds needed to override a promised veto.

The House vote would allow researchers to obtain stem cells from embryos created for in vitro fertilization that would otherwise be discarded by fertility clinics. Thursday's 247-176 vote sends the bill to the White House, where Bush has said he would veto it.

Current federal policy, which Bush put in place in 2001, bars the use of federal funding for work that would destroy a human embryo. The president used one of only two vetoes of his administration to date to kill a similar bill in 2006, and he announced after the vote that he will veto the measure that passed Thursday.

"I am disappointed the leadership of Congress recycled an old bill that would simply overturn our country's carefully balanced policy on embryonic stem cell research," he said. "If this bill were to become law, American taxpayers would for the first time in our history be compelled to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos. Crossing that line would be a grave mistake."


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  1. Miss Maven, Angel City, CA

    Why compromise? This is a perfect example of what happens when a President compromises. There was NO federal funding of stem cell research before President Bush put it in the budget. But apparently this is not good enough for the Demoncrats. Now more destruction of life is required to satisfy the Demoncrats. And if you think I mispelled their name, what would you call someone votes to fund this?

    June 7, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Karl, St. Petersburg, Florida

    The irrational Republican opposition to science will be the destruction of this nation. We are surrounded by enemies and envious allies who are not constrained by religious fundamentalism and who understand the power of knowledge. George Bush apparently wants to be the President of a magical realm populated by pixies researching faerie dust. If the President continues his quest to make America the intellectual backwater of the world, we had better learn to speak Chinese.

    June 7, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Jon J, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    It's not so much the oppposition to science as it is a moral question. I really dont like the precedent that it set, and the long-term policy that could be bornout of it. Sure, I think if we could find a cure for Parkinsons or some other disease, then we shoud go for it. I just dont see the need to destroy human embryos to do so... if the science is so good, find another way.

    Oh yea, President Bush is the first President ever to include ANY Federal funding for it... And yes, those democrats want more...more...more.

    PS: Their policy of ending corruption, I see that's going well :-)

    June 7, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. ed in kc

    George Bush will does not care about the will of the American people. If the large majority of US citizens support stem cell research, which they do (85% in this poll), it his duty to carry out the will of the people, not his personal religous view. Not the religious view of a minority.

    For him to say that destroying life (which I don't think stem cells do) is against his morality, its a joke. He's been killing real innocnet people for 4 years in Iraq. George is a hypocrit and utter failure as President.

    June 7, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. James Moy

    What this President does not seem to understand is that the "deliverate destruction of human embryos" is already an accepted practice which he endorses. So you know he's twisting words around to appease the ultra right wing part of his constituency, who also, do not seem to understand that the embyos to be used are the ones being flushed down the toilet.

    This Administration has flushed everything down the toilet in this country and think they are doing us a favor!

    June 8, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |